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Youth from five island nations to pray and dialogue to celebrate Laudato Si‘ Week

13 May 2020
A pair of fishermen head out to sea from Malaita Island in the Solomon Islands. Image: Caritas Australia.

 

Catholic Earthcare Australia, an ecological agency established by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, in partnership with the Diocese of Paramatta, Jesuits Australia and Campion Centre- Ignatian Spirituality are coordinating a list of activities to celebrate Laudato Si’ Week from May 16-24, commemorating the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’. These activities can be found here.

Director of Catholic Earthcare, Bernard Holland said that Pope Francis has invited us through a video message, to hear his urgent call to respond to our ecological crisis and to celebrate Laudato Si’ fifth anniversary with another call to action. Paramount to the call is the engaging of youth, our future leaders, said Mr Holland.

“It is important that we coordinate our activities to ensure Australian Catholics have access to all the best opportunities and resources from our different faith communities,” Mr Holland said.

WATCH: Bishop Vincent’s message to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’

Of particular note will be an international dialogue between Catholic youth from the five island nations of Malta, Tonga, the Solomon Islands, New Zealand and Australia.

“The intensification of storms in the Pacific and annual 6mm of sea water rises will devastate Pacific nations yet they have little contribution to the root cause of warming our planet”, said Mr Holland.

Professor Paul Pace, from the University of Malta said that youth in Malta, like those in most developed countries, do not fully understand the impact our lifestyles are having on poorer countries and their people. “This opportunity for our Catholic youth to dialogue with our Pacific brothers and sisters will be both enlightening and educational,” he said.

Catholic Earthcare is leading this dialogue with a view to connecting youth so they may decide how they can answer Pope Francis’ call to action on the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’.

To play its part in helping protect the health of Earth, and its inhabitants, Catholic Earthcare Australia is mandated, through the activities of education, research and advocacy to give leadership in responding to Pope John Paul II’s call to “stimulate and sustain the ecological conversion.”

With thanks to Catholic Earthcare Australia.

 

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